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Executive Leadership

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Robert Miller
Chief Executive Officer
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Vern Ritter
Chief Financial Officer
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John Herbert
Senior Director of Technology and Innovation
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Lisa Larson
Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement
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Celeste Feather
Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives
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Laurie Arp
Director, DuraSpace Community Supported Programs
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Meg Blum
Director of Marketing and Communications
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Angella Graham
Director of Human Resources
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Erin Tripp
Director, Research and Innovation Division

Company Ownership

LYRASIS is a non-profit membership organization

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for LYRASIS

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Documents or articles featuring LYRASIS

Breeding, Marshall. Mergers of Non-profit Organizations Now Complete. September 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter.

The March 2019 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter described the anticipated merger of the DuraSpace into Lyrasis. The respective boards of directors of these two non-profit organizations have given final approval to the merger. As of July 1, 2019, the personnel and activities of DuraSpace are part of the Lyrasis organization.

Likewise, the merger of NFAIS into NISO has been finalized. NISO announced that the transfer of assets and other organizational details were completed by June 30, 2019. Key NFAIS activities such as its advocacy and educational activities, annual conference and the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable will continue within the NISO organization. NISO recently hired Jason Griffey as Director of Strategic Initiatives to support new activities of the expanded organization.

Breeding, Marshall. An Open Source Option for Public Library E-book Lending. June 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. A collaboration between DPLA, NYPL, and LYRASIS is working to develop a new alternative for public library e-book lending. 1 This infrastructure includes an open source repository, a mobile e-book reader, and a marketplace for libraries to purchase titles for lending. In the context where e-book lending for public libraries is dominated by commercial platforms, this new alternative represents a community-based alternative that is based on open source software and a non-profit business model.

Breeding, Marshall. Lyrasis and DuraSpace to Merge. March 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Lyrasis, a major non-profit library services organization, and DuraSpace, the non-profit organizational home for open source repository platforms DSpace and Fedora as well as the VIVO collaborative research profile platform intend to merge.

Breeding, Marshall. DuraSpace Not to Merge with Lyrasis. July 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The March 2016 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter included coverage of the planned merger of DuraSpace into Lyrasis. The boards of both organizations had voted to pursue combining the organizations and had moved into a public comment phase. The final phase of due diligence and negotiations, however, did not result in a merger. Both organizations will continue to operate independently under their individual boards and organizational structure. Although the merger discussions have terminated, both organizations have strong issues related to open source governance and will continue informal collaboration

Breeding, Marshall. LYRASIS and DuraSpace Pursue Merger. March 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. In a move that would result in the consolidation of two major nonprofits providing services to libraries, LYRASIS and DuraSpace are considering a merger of their two organizations. The merger has been approved by the boards of directors of both organizations and has entered a period of public review. Both organizations will continue to operate independently until final approval for the merger takes place.

Both LYRASIS and DuraSpace operate as nonprofit organizations. LYRASIS ranks as the larger, with around 65 employees and annual income of about $75 million. DuraSpace employs about 10 personnel with less than $2 million in income. This proposed merger will expand LYRASIS' portfolio of services oriented to open source technology and will provide the projects shepherded by DuraSpace with a stable and sustainable organizational home. Both LYRASIS and DuraSpace were formed through the mergers of antecedent organizations. LYRASIS brings together a number of organizations that were previously involved as regional networks for OCLC billing and other services. DuraSpace was created to combine Fedora Commons with DSpace Foundation.

Breeding, Marshall. SOLINET, PALINET and NELINET Merge to Form Lyrasis. July 2009. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Another development involving consolidation among nonprofit organizations involves the OCLC regional cooperatives. Formally established April 1, 2009, Lyrasis emerged out of a merger between Atlanta-based SOLINET, serving a large number of libraries in the southeastern United States, with PALINET, based in Philadelphia and serving the mid-Atlantic region. The merger culminates a process that formally began in February 2008.

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News Announcements

October 30, 2020. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce Copyright Advisory Board Members. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are pleased to announce the members of the Advisory Board for the newly formed Virtual Copyright Education Center. As previously announced, LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are joining forces to pilot the new program which will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright.

September 15, 2020. Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, named Top 20 Dynamic CEO of 2020. LYRASIS announces that its CEO, Robert Miller, has been named one of the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020” by The CEO Publication, a unique print and digital platform featuring industry experts who have created ripples across various areas of expertise. Miller is featured in the September 4, 2020 issue of The CEO Publication listing the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020″ who are transforming their fields with unique solutions.

September 14, 2020. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries Announce Virtual Copyright Education Center Pilot Project. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries' Copyright Advisory Services are joining forces to pilot a new Virtual Copyright Education Center. This pilot will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. An initial copyright course will be made free of charge and distributed publicly. Advanced classes will be distributed through LYRASIS Learning, the LYRASIS online continuing education platform for libraries and knowledge professionals worldwide. The pilot will include business planning with the goal of developing a sustainable service model and will be the first pilot delivered through the new Research and Innovation division of LYRASIS.

September 2, 2020. Performing Arts Readiness Project Releases Pocket Response Resource. The Performing Arts Readiness project (PAR) has released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). This free document is Phase I of a new, improved online readiness planning tool. As arts and cultural organizations prepare for and undertake safe re-opening steps, the PRR can be a critical element for the safety and security of visitors, artists and crew, staff and volunteers, as well as an organization's physical assets, during COVID-19 and beyond.

September 2, 2020. LYRASIS and Skilltype Form Exclusive Partnership to Distribute Talent Management Tools to Global Library Community. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content services for galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAMs), and research communities, and Skilltype, a software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyze, grow and share expertise, today announce a new partnership for professional development and talent management in the global GLAM sector.

July 29, 2020. LYRASIS Awarded $492,069 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. LYRASIS was awarded $492,069 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries program for two projects titled Open Source Software Sustainability in Practice and Fedora Migration Paths and Tools: A Pilot Project.

June 18, 2020. Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries. LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, “Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries." The study was undertaken in an effort to better understand how LYRASIS members, and the wider U.S. community, interact with open content in the forms of open access scholarship, open data, and open educational resources. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website.

June 11, 2020. LYRASIS Creates New Research and Innovation Division. LYRASIS announced the creation of a new Research and Innovation Division. Led by Erin Tripp, the new division focuses on convening leaders, stewarding ideation, accelerating innovation by testing and piloting new programs, and mapping the knowledge community ecosystem. It will have a strong role in shaping the strategy of the broader organization.

June 8, 2020. CollectionSpace 6.0 is Now Available. The LYRASIS CollectionSpace team announced the release of CollectionSpace 6.0 with exciting new features and improvements. CollectionSpace is a community-supported collections management (CMS) solution for museums and other collecting institutions, providing standards-based collections management workflows, robust tools to store and describe a wide variety of digital assets, unlimited user licenses, and a public browser for sharing collections information online.

May 6, 2020. The American Samoan State Library chooses SimplyE for its statewide eBook program, hosted by LYRASIS. In partnership with DPLA the SimplyE eBook platform will be deployed with an inclusive and diverse and balanced eBook collection curated to best serve the American Samoan population including over 6,000 free unlimited access eBooks, which you can see on the DPLA Open Bookshelf. For Justin Maga, State Librarian for American Samoa and leaders of Feleti Barstow Public Library, the flexibility to work with multiple eBook vendors and publishers through one integrated platform is perhaps the most intriguing SimplyE feature. Having it all in one place makes for easier access and a more user-friendly experience.

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Corporate Chronology

Jul 01, 2019 LYRASIS and DuraSpace Complete Merger
LYRASIS and DuraSpace announce the merger of their two not-for-profits was completed on July 1, 2019, establishing one of the largest global technology and services membership organizations for research and collections holding institutions worldwide. Members will participate in developing new scalable technologies, shared innovation opportunities, and high-value, fairly priced services across the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries. LYRASIS will remain the parent organization and legal entity. The governance model will continue to be a Board that is 50% member elected and 50% appointed.

Jun 15, 2015 Robert Miller named Chief Executive Officer of LYRASIS
LYRASIS, one of the nation's largest non-profit membership associations serving libraries, archives and museums, has announced the selection of Robert Miller as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 15, 2015. Miller will fill the position previously held by Kate Nevins, who is retiring after more than 20 years with LYRASIS and SOLINET, one of its predecessor organizations. The selection was made after a rigorous national search and was finalized by the LYRASIS Board of Trustees after their April 30, 2015 meeting.

Jan 23, 2014 LYRASIS to establish an organizational home for CollectionSpace Museum Collections Management Software
LYRASIS announced that it has received funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring CollectionSpace, an open source, web-based collections management system, to museums and other collecting organizations.

Jul 25, 2012 VIVO to merges into DuraSpace
VIVO to join DuraSpace as an Incubator project, the first step towards establishing the VIVO project as part of a sustainable organization.

Apr 20, 2012 LYRASIS to serve as base for ArchivesSpace
LYRASIS will serve as the organizational home for the ArchivesSpace open source archives management system.This move ensures continuity for the hundreds of archives that now depend on the Archivists Toolkit (AT) or the Archon systems to support the management of and access to archives.

May 12, 2010 Fedora Commons and DSpace Foundation merge to form DuraSpace
Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, have announced today that they will join their organizations to pursue a common mission. Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.

2010 ArchivesSpace launched as forward path for Archivists Toolkit and Archon
The New York University Libraries, UC San Diego Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Libraries are partnering to develop a next-generation archives management application that will incorporate the best features of Archivists’ Toolkit (AT) and Archon. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project team aims to develop a technical, sustainability, and governance plan for the new system.

Apr 01, 2009 SOLINET, PALINET and NELINET Merge to Form Lyrasis
Formally established April 1, 2009, Lyrasis emerged out of a merger between Atlanta-based SOLINET, serving a large number of libraries in the southeastern United States, with PALINET, based in Philadelphia and serving the mid-Atlantic region. The merger culminates a process that formally began in February 2008.

2008 CollectionSpace Museum Collections Management Software developed
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CollectionSpace was developed by a network of North American and European partner organizations led by Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) in New York, which originated the project, and the University of California, Berkeley. The Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Art Denmark) in Copenhagen and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis have been involved in CollectionSpace planning, design, development, and governance since 2008. In addition to MMI and UC Berkeley, the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) at the University of Cambridge and the Fluid Project at OCAD University in Toronto developed the application's underlying software architecture. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, through a National Leadership grant, made possible the development and testing of software configurations that serve specific collection types, including art, natural history and native digital media.

Jul 2007 DSpace Foundation established as a non-profit corporation that will supply organizational, legal and financial support to DSpace

2007 Fedora Commons established as a not-forprofit organization and the home of the Fedora repository software and related open source projects.
Fedora Commons was established in 2007 as a not-forprofit organization and the home of the Fedora repository software and related open source projects. Fedora is a robust, integrated, repository system that enables storage, access and management for virtually any kind of digital content. The Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture was originally designed at Cornell University and was established as an open source project in 2001 by Cornell and the University of Virginia.

1973 The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries founds SOLINET

1966 NELINET established as a a member-owned and governed regional library network
NELINET, a member-owned and governed regional library network, founded in 1966 and incorporated in 1979, is one of the largest U.S. networks, serving 500 member libraries and cultural heritage organizations throughout the six New England states and internationally. NELINET provides innovative educational programs, support and services for emerging technologies (including open source software), expert library leadership and consultation services, and a regional depository.

1936 PALINET formed in 1936 to promote library cooperation and resource sharing.
PALINET is a cooperative membership organization of hundreds of institutions that collect, preserve and provide access to the record of humankind. These institutions include libraries, information centers, museums, archives, and other similar organizations situated in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Network was formed in 1936 to promote library cooperation and resource sharing. Since then, PALINET has provided services in response to the growing and changing needs of libraries and related organizations of all types and sizes.